YIP cultivates student leadership by using an application process to recruit 150 juniors and seniors, representing schools throughout Fort Bend County (19 campuses), to develop and test different skill sets while making a difference in their community. YIP teams implement over 25 volunteer projects planned with the assistance of the local nonprofit sector, allowing students to discover the important role the nonprofit sector plays in their community. The partnership between YIP teams and the nonprofit sector also allows students to enter into the philanthropic mode by measuring their new knowledge and experience in volunteering to determine grant awards to be presented to participating nonprofits at the completion of program.
The YIP program concludes with a celebration called the Investment in Youth luncheon. The luncheon provides a venue for YIP students to highlight their volunteer experiences to their peers, business representatives and the community-at-large. With the support of foundations and the community, scholarships are awarded to YIP students in recognition of their volunteer spirit.
The success of the program has been maintained by following the YIP objectives established in 1997 and they are:
- To share with students the impact Philanthropy has on the community;
- To expose students to meaningful work provided by the Nonprofit Sector in their community;
- To give students opportunities to participate in VOLUNTEER activities to experience what it means to give back; and
- To offer students opportunities to build LEADERSHIP skills through experiences providing insight into the needs of their community.
2014-2015 YIP Student Information – Frequently Asked Questions
2014-2015 YIP Student Application
2014-2015 Youth in Philantrophy Parents Guide
Question may be referred to:
Dee Koch, Director of Community Engagement, The George Foundation
YIP Coordinating Committee
281-342-6109 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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